What happens to the Universal Service Obligation - the obligation to deliver post anywhere in the UK at a single fixed price - post Independence?
I posed this question to a senior SNP member, and got abuse in return; when I hoped for enlightenment. These questions, and many other similar questions, are going to be asked over the next couple of years and the public will want answers, or the "fear factor" will win. That is the downside of the delay in the poll.
Shoot me down if I am wrong, but the USO will disappear, meaning that postal services in the islands will need to be subsidised by the new Scottish Royal Mail. The current postage stamp system - of course - won't exist, and it is likely that many rural Post Offices will lose their subsidy and close. Unless Edinburgh guarantees to underwrite the cost.
Royal Mail will likely continue to deliver to Glasgow and Edinburgh - where the volume is - but the rest of the country will be up for grabs. Or not as the case may be.
The SNP need to get a grip, admit and address the reality of additional costs in setting up the public services, and provide answers to some very basic questions that those more erudite than I will raise in more public fora.
Let's frame the least scary scare headline, "Islands to lose daily post in Independent Scotland".
Comments very welcome.....